There is massive build up for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The Japanese want to create a show to rival Beijing and therefore it is going to be a huge display. Here are 10 interesting facts about the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo:
- The 2020 Summer Olympics officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad will take place in Tokyo from 24 July to 9 August 2020.
- Tokyo previously hosted the 1964 Summer Olympic Games, and in 2020 will become the fifth city to host the Summer Olympic Games more than once.
- Tokyo will be the first city in Asia to host the Summer Olympic Games more than once.
- The Japanese government will increasing slot capacity at both Haneda Airport and Narita Airport by easing airspace restrictions.
- A new railway line is planned to link both airports through an expansion of Tokyo Station, cutting travel time from Tokyo Station to Haneda from 30 minutes to 18 minutes, and from Tokyo Station to Narita from 55 minutes to 36 minutes;
- Seven venues will be located within the central business area of Tokyo, northwest of the Olympic Village. Several of these venues were also used for the 1964 Summer Olympics.
- The National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo would go under upgrade and full–scale reconstruction for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as well as the 2020 Olympics. Zaha Hadid Architects was awarded the design for the new stadium.
- In its proposal for hosting the Olympic Games, Tokyo pitched a Super Hi-Vision broadcast, otherwise known as 8K Ultra HD developed by Sony which means watching the Games at home will be almost as good as in person in 2020.
- The original logo was covered in controversy as it was accused of plagiarism by Belgian graphics designer Olivier Debie who had designed it for the Théâtre de Liège. On 1 September 2015, following an emergency meeting of TOCOG, Governor of Tokyo Yoichi Masuzoe announced that they had decided to scrap Sano’s two logos. The committee met on 2 September 2015 to decide how to approach a other new logo design.
- With a particular focus on adding sports that are popular in the host country a new shortlist of eight sports were unveiled and they are baseball/softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing, and wushu.
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